Southern Naval Command
INSV Sudarshini.JPG
Country India
Branch Indian Navy
TypeCommand
HeadquartersKochi, Kerala
Commanders
FOC-in-CVice Admiral M. A. Hampiholi, AVSM, NM

The Southern Naval Command is one of the three command-level formations of the Indian Navy. It has its headquarters in Kochi, Kerala at INS Venduruthy. It is the Training Command of the Indian Navy.[1]

The Command is commanded by a Three Star Flag Officer of the rank of Vice Admiral with the title Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command (FOC-in-C). Vice Admiral M. A. Hampiholi, AVSM, NM is the current FOC-in-C SNC, who took over on 30 November 2021.[2]

History

The CNS Adm R K Dhowan inspecting the guard of honour at the Southern Naval Command
The CNS Adm R K Dhowan inspecting the guard of honour at the Southern Naval Command

After the independence and the partition of India on 15 August 1947, the ships and personnel of the Royal Indian Navy were divided between the Dominion of India and the Dominion of Pakistan. The division of the ships was on the basis of two-thirds of the fleet to India, one third to Pakistan.[3]

The shore establishments on the southern coast were headed by the Commodore Cochin (COMCHIN), a one star appointment. The COMCHIN directly reported into the Chief of the Naval Staff. In 1967, the Goa Area was included under COMCHIN. On 1 March 1968, the Commodore Cochin (COMCHIN) was re-designated as Commodore Commanding Southern Naval Area (COMSOUTH).[4] In August 1970, the appointment of COMSOUTH was upgraded to the two-star rank of Rear Admiral and was re-designated Flag Officer Commanding Southern Naval Area (FOCSOUTH).[5] This appointment was later upgraded, in October 1977, to the three star rank of Vice Admiral and re-designated Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command (FOC-in-C SNC).[6][7] On 1 July 1986, the Southern Naval Command was made the Training Command. All the training establishments were placed under the command as well as the responsibility of formulating and executing of training policy.[8]

Area of responsibility

The Southern Naval Command and is commanded by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief. The Southern Naval Command is the Training Command of Indian Navy and is responsible for the training of all its personnel, both officers as well as sailors, from basic to advance stages. It has subsidiary units from Jamnagar in Gujarat to Lonavala in Maharashtra, Goa and in Orissa but the majority of training units are in Kochi. The Indian Naval Academy is also placed under the Southern Naval Command.[9]

Kavaratti Islands is the home to INS Dweeprakshak, the main naval base of the Southern Naval Command in the Lakshadweep islands.

Capabilities

The Southern Naval Command consists of a Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), a training squadron, training establishments and bases, and land forces and survey ships. It has a naval air station, and a ship repair yard.[10]

Organisation

The Southern Naval Command is organised as follows:[11]

Post Current Holder References
Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral M. A. Hampiholi, AVSM, NM [12][13]
Chief of Staff Rear Admiral J. Singh, NM [14]
Commandant of Indian Naval Academy Vice Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl, AVSM, VSM [15]
Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Rear Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, AVSM, VSM [16]
Commandant Naval War College, Goa Rear Admiral S. Venkat Raman, VSM [17]
Admiral Superintendent Yards (ASY) - Kochi Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma [18]
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Kerala Captain Varghese Mathew [19]
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Lakshadweep Commander T. K. Praveen [20]

Naval Bases

Ships of the 1st Training Squadron
Ships of the 1st Training Squadron

Naval bases under Southern Naval Command are the following[21]

Base City State/Territory Role
INS Dweeprakshak Kavaratti Lakshwadweep Logistics and Maintenance support
INS Minicoy[22] Minicoy Forward Operating Base
INS Androth (Under construction) Androth Forward Operating Base and Radar station
INS Garuda Kochi Kerala Naval Air Station
INHS Sanjivani Naval Hospital
INS Venduruthy Logistics and Administrative support
INS Dronacharya Naval Weapons Training
INS Chilka Chilka Orissa Naval Training
INHS Nivrani Naval Hospital
INS Mandovi Panaji Goa Naval Training
INS Hamla Mumbai Maharashtra Combined Operations Training
INS Shivaji Lonavala Technical Training
INHS Kasturi Naval Hospital
INS Valsura Jamnagar Gujarat Electric Equipment Training
INS Rajali Arakkonam Tamil Nadu Naval Air Base
INS Agrani Coimbatore Leadership Training
INS Zamorin Ezhimala Kerala Logistics and Maintenance support to Indian Naval Academy
INS Satavahana Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh Submarine Warfare Training

List of Commanders

Rank Name Appointment Date Left Office Notes References
Commodore-in-Charge Cochin (COMCHIN)
Commodore M. H. St. L. Nott August 1947 March 1948 Formerly Royal Indian Navy. Killed in an air accident at Corsica 27 March 1948. [23]
Henry Bramhall Ellison March 1948 July 1950 Seconded from the Royal Navy [24]
Eric G. McGregor July 1950 November 1952 Seconded from the Royal Navy [24]
A. D. H. Jay November 1952 January 1954 Seconded from the Royal Navy [25]
Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman January 1954 October 1956 Later Chief of the Naval Staff [26]
Sadashiv Ganesh Karmarkar 1 May 1957 April 1960 [27][28]
R. S. David April 1960 June 1962 [29]
G. S. Kapoor June 1962 December 1965
J. D. Mody December 1965 February 1968 [30]
Commodore Commanding Southern Naval Area (COMSOUTH)
Commodore Inder Singh March 1968 November 1970 [31]
Flag Officer Commanding Southern Naval Area (FOCSOUTH)
Rear Admiral V. A. Kamath November 1970 March 1973 [5][32]
Elenjikal Chandy Kuruvila March 1973 October 1973 [33]
S. H. Sarma October 1973 January 1975 [34]
Ronald Lynsdale Pereira January 1975 16 April 1976 Later Chief of the Naval Staff. [35][36]
V. E. C. Barboza 16 April 1976 26 October 1977 [36][6]
Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command (FOC-in-C SNC)
Vice Admiral V. E. C. Barboza 26 October 1977 3 March 1979 [6][37]
Oscar Stanley Dawson 30 March 1979 26 February 1982 Later Chief of the Naval Staff. [38]
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani 26 February 1982 30 March 1983 Later Chief of the Naval Staff. [39]
K. K. Nayyar 30 March 1983 28 November 1984 Later Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff. [40]
Gulab Mohanlal Hiranandani 28 November 1984 30 November 1987 Later Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff [41]
Laxminarayan Ramdas 30 November 1987 25 February 1989 Later Chief of the Naval Staff [41][42]
R. P. Sawhney 25 February 1989 30 September 1990 [42]
Suren P. Govil 1 October 1990 30 December 1990 [43][44]
KASZ Raju 30 December 1990 29 August 1992 [45]
S. K. Chand 29 August 1992 14 October 1993 Later Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff [46][47]
Inderjit Bedi 17 October 1993 30 April 1996 [48][49]
A. R. Tandon 30 April 1996 23 October 1996 [49]
Madhvendra Singh 23 October 1996 31 March 1998 Later Chief of the Naval Staff [50]
Sushil Kumar 31 March 1998 30 December 1998 Later Chief of the Naval Staff [51]
R. N. Ganesh 8 March 1999 March 2001 [52]
Harinder Singh March 2001 May 2002 [53][54]
Madanjit Singh 31 May 2002 1 October 2003 [55]
Yashwant Prasad 15 October 2003 1 August 2004 [56]
S. C. S. Bangara 1 August 2004 31 July 2006 [57]
Jagjit Singh Bedi 31 July 2006 28 July 2007 [58]
Sunil Kumar Damle 28 July 2007 31 August 2009
K. N. Sushil 1 September 2009 31 May 2012
Satish Soni 31 May 2012 2014 Later served as FOC-in-C of the Eastern Naval Command
Surinder Pal Singh Cheema 2014 2015 Later served as FOC-in-C of the Western Naval Command [59][60]
Sunil Lanba 1 February 2016 31 May 2016 Later served as Chief of Naval Staff and as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee [61]
Girish Luthra 2016 29 May 2016 Later served as FOC-in-C of the Western Naval Command [62][63]
AR Karve 29 May 2016 30 July 2018 [64]
Anil Kumar Chawla 30 July 2018 30 November 2021
M A Hampiholi 30 November 2021 Incumbent [2]

See also

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